DPatel304 wrote:Are there plans for another bridge over 75 at some point? Two bridges seems excessive, but, at the same time the Katy Trail and White Rock lake are hugely popular trails and a strong connection between both seems very worthwhile.
DPatel304 wrote:I'm familiar with this connection, but I have not taken it myself. Perhaps I need to see it for myself before I judge, but it looks like a pretty horrible connector between two extremely popular recreational trails. The whole appeal of this trail is that it is separate from cars, so having to cross over 75 must make this section very unpleasant for runners/bikers.
I agree with what you're saying, and, in general, we do want to encourage pedestrians, bikers, and cars to coexist, but this is one of the rare exceptions where I disagree with that mindset.
It doesn't have to be bridge. Honestly, if the area immediately to the west of 75 were to improve and cater more to pedestrians and connect to the trail better, I'd be happy with that as well, and that would go in line with what you're saying.
Dmkflyer wrote: Then the Katy Trail Connector will be the last piece linking the Trinity Trails via the Katy Trail all the way to White Rock Lake.
cowboyeagle05 wrote:Those stated problems can be dealt with easily but I strongly disagree with slapping another pricey bridge across even here. Our car culture populace inability to be safe with more than other cars is because we separate them too much. They have to mingle some or no one will ever learn to share the transportation network. Plus how do you expect people to see other forms of transit and grow up with them as legitimate options when you hide them away in some exclusive bike, pedestrian country club. I love the Katy Trail but we can't expect every mile to be an abandoned railway separated from everything like bowling with the bumpers on. It's a nice vacation but unrealistic. Katy Trail advocates can do a lot to focus on improving their connections to the wider system like at the McCommas bridge and not be dependent on trying to build everything in a bubble.
tamtagon wrote:Why isn't Monticello considered as a Katy Trail bridge over the highway?
Cbdallas wrote:With that new pedestrian bridge connecting over Mockingbird I can see this overall area becoming popular as it also connects directly to DART rail station and off 75.
Hannibal Lecter wrote:No one is going to walk hundreds of yards out of their way to cross a street, even Mockingbird. It's only for the few people using the trail.
cowboyeagle05 wrote:I would add that it was the local news media who made news stories connecting the bridge to stories of pedestrian deaths. Possibly even a neighborhood group somewhere making such a ridiculous claim. They needed an angle to cover the story of the bridge and the deaths seems like a good angle but the city never saw it as that kind of solution that I am aware of. It was how the news media tried to frame the conversation.
Hannibal Lecter wrote:If it were a road or highway half of the folks on this forum would be screaming bloody murder about the city building a high-speed route through the neighborhood that only benefits the suburbanites passing through.